Surfer Ben Gerring has died overnight at Royal Perth Hospital after losing his leg from a shark attack earlier this week.
The 29-year-old Western Australian was mauled by a shark at around 4pm on Tuesday while surfing in Falcon, 80km south of Perth, leaving him in a critical condition.
An examination of Gerring’s surfboard by shark scientists at the Department of Fisheries found that the damage on the board was consistent with the bites of a white shark.
On Wednesday, a 4.2 metre long white shark was caught at Falcon Beach on a drum line by the Department of Fisheries officers. The shark — which was not tagged — died on the line, which traps sharks using baited hooks.
It has not been confirmed whether the shark was the same one who attacked Gerring.
In 2015, there were two shark attacks in Western Australia. The last fatality in WA before Gerring took place at Gracetown in 2013.
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